Norman Macgeorge Scholarship

This scholarship provides grants of up to $6000 to support PhD students in the visual, creative and performing arts, music, architecture, conservation, literature, creative writing, language, history, philosophy and anthropology at the University. The scholarship enables students to conduct research trips overseas in the 12 months from July 1.

Applications open

22 Feb 2022

Applications closed

20 May 2022

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $6,000

Applicable study areas

Architecture, building and planning; Historical, philosophical, political and social studies; Language, literature and cultural studies; Music; Performing and visual arts, theatre, film and television

Number of scholarships awarded

1 or more

  • Julianne Bell
    "This trip had significant positive impact on my PhD research, my professional development and my personal growth. Not only have I gathered original data on an emerging field of research that has not been combined before, but I have also developed meaningful connections with leaders in the field."
    - Julianne Bell
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • be a PhD student at the University of Melbourne and have completed an Australian honours degree or equivalent at a high level of achievement.
    • be in the early stages of your candidacy for a PhD in the visual, creative and performing arts, music, architecture, conservation, literature, creative writing, language, history, philosophy and anthropology and have maintained satisfactory progress since commencement
    • be enrolled as a full or part time student at the University of Melbourne

    The Scholarship does not support conference attendance.

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be assessed on academic merit.

    The inherent academic significance, interest and feasibility of the project proposed will be taken into consideration, together with the likelihood of the successful candidate producing a  significant research outcome (such as completion of a PhD, refereed or other research publications etc) within two years of completing the internship.

    The candidate's suitability to interact with the international community at the relevant organisations will be considered.

  • Application process

    Eligible students should read the guidelines and submit an application online:

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Applicants will be advised of the outcome via email within 4-6 weeks after the closing date.

  • About the donor

    Norman Macgeorge

    Norman Macgeorge, artist and patron of the arts, bequeathed to the University his house and land in in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, with his paintings, all effects and some capital, on his death in 1952. The bequest took effect on the death in 1970 of his wife May, a fellow artist, and granddaughter of overlander pastoralist and ship's captain John Hepburn (1800‐1860), who built Smeaton House in central Victoria, a Colonial Regency-style Georgian building dated 1849‐50 and now registered by the National Trust of Australia. Realising the couple's joint intention that their estate should be used for the benefit of “students…with special emphasis on those studying Fine Arts, Literature, History of Philosophy” and “for the postgraduate in all the arts rather than for the undergraduate who has not yet acquired sufficient knowledge either at an accredited art school or the University", the Norman Macgeorge Scholarship was established in 2005.

What are the benefits?

Up to $6,000 toward travel expenses. The main benefit of the Scholarship is to provide the means of an uninterrupted period of research overseas. During this period, students will be able to focus on their theses within an international environment and with immediate access to significant, world resources. It is anticipated that students will benefit enormously from the experience of visiting prestigious, international organisation/s and their research will be enriched by the trip.


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